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Published On: Mon, Jan 11th, 2016

Polls show close GOP race in Iowa, NH with Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio at the top

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Three weeks until the first presidential primary and Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are running neck and neck in Iowa with Trump holding a big lead over Florida Senator Marco Rubio in New Hampshire.

The NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll gives Cruz 28% in Iowa to Trump’s 24%, with Rubio in third at 13% and Ben Carson in fourth at 11%. The Feb. 1 Iowa caucus kicks off the election process and no other GOP candidate registered more than 5% in this poll.

Meanwhile, in New Hampshire, which holds a GOP primary Feb. 9, Trump comes in at 30%, well ahead of Rubio at 14%. Chris Christie, who has made New Hampshire pretty much a make-or-break state for his campaign, is third at 12% in the new poll, followed by Cruz (10%). John Kasich and Jeb Bush are tied for fifth in the Granite State at 9% each, according to the poll.

“That means that the four Republicans vying in the establishment lane of the GOP contest — Rubio, Christie, Kasich and Bush — are dividing up 44% of the total vote,” the poll said.

On the national poll, a Fox News’ poll found the Republican field shaping up with Trump leading at 35%, Cruz at 20% and then Rubio 13%, Carson 10% and again, each of the other GOP candidates were at 5% or lower.
2015 Defending the American Dream Summitt Ohio photo Gage Skidmore

2015 Defending the American Dream Summitt Ohio photo Gage Skidmore

The NBC/WSJ/Marist polls were conducted Jan. 2-7. In Iowa, the poll measured 2,821 registered voters (+/- 1.8), 1,094 potential GOP caucus-goers (+/- 3.0%), 456 likely GOP caucus-goers (+/- 4.6%), New Hampshire, the poll measured 1,888 registered voters (+/- 2.3%), 887 potential GOP primary voters (+/- 3.3%), 569 likely GOP primary voters (+/- 4.1%)
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